Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University

Mental Health and Approved Mental Health Professional Practice

You will study the complex legal and policy framework that underpins AMHP practice; the theories and models that inform a critical understanding of mental disorder, its impact on the individual, their family and social network; the research that supports evidence based practice and the skills that enable you to competently and confidently undertake the AMHP role. You will also study research methodology, research ethics, literature reviews and conducting library searches, and learn to apply these research skills through the dissertation. By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of mental health legislation, and all related legislation and codes of practice that inform AMHP practice. You will be able to articulate the role and responsibilities of the AMHP, including the legal and ethical position and accountability of the role, and its contribution to effective interagency and interprofessional working and safeguarding vulnerable individuals. You will also have the skills to effectively manage complex situations of anxiety, risk and conflict whilst balancing risk factors and the rights of service users to take risks and recognise the complexity and implications of making independent professional judgements and decisions.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a good Honours degree, (1st or 2nd Class), in a relevant subject discipline, or hold a professional diploma, or equivalent, at an appropriate level in a relevant subject discipline. Applicants need to be nominated by a local social services authority or another employer. Current enhanced DBS check required.

Course modules

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include coursework, exams and practice learning.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 3 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Canterbury Campus Canterbury CT1 1QU South East

Key information

Admissions Department (Postgraduate Admissions)
Telephone number: 
01227 782900